The Cyclades Islands (Milos, Folegandros, Thira)

Rounding the peninsula of the Peloponnese, we had opted to head due East, rather than make the turn North heading to Athens. Our primary considerations for the next 6 weeks are the 7 guests arriving in 4 different increments. Since all our family and friends arriving should see, at a minimum, Athens- and most wantContinue reading “The Cyclades Islands (Milos, Folegandros, Thira)”

Victron update, Ionian Greece, Boat School

A mere 2 weeks into our cruising season and so much is happening, I’m all ready to make a short post. This is going to have more photos than words but will include a bit of an update on our Victron/Solar upgrade, Jacks school (big changes), and our stops thus far. We left Montenegro onContinue reading “Victron update, Ionian Greece, Boat School”

Montenegro – Winter projects, The War in Ukraine and … life

OMGosh Laurie, are you following what is happening in Ukraine? Montenegro This was the comment I received on a social media post I recently made. One which, by the way, had nothing at all to do with Ukraine. It made me remember the early days of the Covid pandemic when concerned friends and family, certainContinue reading “Montenegro – Winter projects, The War in Ukraine and … life”

Montenegro (for winter)

We arrived for the first time back in May and we loved it so much, we stayed for a month (when only planning a week). For those of you who know us, you are thinking “nothing new there”. And you would be right – we often change our plans when we arrive somewhere new, andContinue reading “Montenegro (for winter)”

Venice (with road trip to Piacenza, Verona, Lake Garda)

Italy – Venice, Road trip to Piacenza, Verona, Lake Garda and Milan Ok, so housekeeping first, if you follow us on Instagram (@gratitudelaurie) or you have seen us in Slovenia or Montenegro, you may be wondering why I’m talking about Venice. Well, the answer my dear friends: we are swamped. Which is to say, ourContinue reading “Venice (with road trip to Piacenza, Verona, Lake Garda)”

Croatia (Zadar, Mali Losinj, Brijuni, Pula)And Transitions….

The FuFu Transitions, change, progress… whatever the name we give these events in our life, the tenderness is the same. Experiencing these things as an adult is challenging, but with the experience of age, they are easier. I can easily remind myself of the many instances in my life where the hardest “transitions” reaped theContinue reading “Croatia (Zadar, Mali Losinj, Brijuni, Pula)And Transitions….”

Split, Trogir, Krka, Sibenik and Jacks Birthday

Happy 11th Birthday Jack! And Happy Independence Day America! As is our preference, we enjoy balancing our time between anchorages and city life and the past few weeks has been a nice mix of both. There is no question that Jack, at 11 years old, prefers the anchorages and swimming and playing with his friendsContinue reading “Split, Trogir, Krka, Sibenik and Jacks Birthday”

Cruising Croatia – the Islands

Perhaps the hardest lesson to learn and the one which this life is constantly trying to teach us, is the absolute truth that you simply cannot do it all. Once upon a time, we believed that having a home which we can take anywhere, with all our things and most important humans and pets withContinue reading “Cruising Croatia – the Islands”

CAPTIVATING CROATIA!

Captivating Croatia!! There are so few places on the planet which remain unspoiled. Alec and I have been cruising the Bahamas for the past 20 years and in that time, we have born witness to changes so great, it sometimes hurts a little to go back. Harbors which were unspoiled, untouched by human hand andContinue reading “CAPTIVATING CROATIA!”

MONTENEGRO

Montenegro Named for the stunning mountains that encircle this striking country, we were expecting black or brown mountains, but we were not disappointed to be greeted instead by a blanket of green velvet, tree covered crag. After a 50 hour passage we had completely relaxing and uneventful conditions and arrived to put another pin inContinue reading “MONTENEGRO”